• a, b, c, d. Larva, cocoon, nympha, and insect of Caddis-fly
    a, b, c, d. Larva, cocoon, nympha, and insect of Caddis-fly
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Insectation The act of pursuing; pursuit; harassment; persecution.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Insect properly pinned up Insect properly pinned up
Dipteran insect Dipteran insect
Parts of Insects Parts of Insects
Biting Mouth Parts of an Insect Biting Mouth Parts of an Insect
Mussel Scale-Insect (Mytilaspis pomorum Mussel Scale-Insect (Mytilaspis pomorum

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Stinging insects kills approximately 25 people annually in the U.S
    • n insectation Persecution; calumniation; backbiting.
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.”
  • Bill Vaughan
    Bill Vaughan
    “When the insects take over the world we hope they will remember, with gratitude, how we took them along on all our picnics.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “Hurt a fly! He would not for the world: he's pitiful to flies even. Sing, says he, and tease me still, if that's your way, poor insect.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. insectatio,. See Insectator


In literature:

Fish, Birds, Insects 371.
"The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society" by Erasmus Darwin
The forests suffered only at the hands of the insects, storms, and fires.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
There were singularly few butterflies or other insects, probably in consequence of the previous wet weather.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
Why should he spend his time hunting insects?
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
The insect repeatedly taps the Snail's mantle with its instrument.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
The insect itself is a dull-looking little creature, apart from its luminosity.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
The odor was offensive, and myriads of small insects hovered over the masses of algae much of the time.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
And the birds and beasts and insects are in a box at my quarters.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The buds are eaten out and destroyed by this insect at the time they start into growth.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume

In poetry:

Yet somehow to my spirit clings
The faith that man survives the sod,
For this poor insect's broken wings
Have raised my thoughts from earth to God.
"The Butterfly" by John Lawson Stoddard
Like insects swarming in the sun,
They flutter, struggle, mate, and die,
And, with their life-work scarce begun,
Are struck down like the butterfly;
"The Butterfly" by John Lawson Stoddard
Ah! must thy mighty breath, that wakes
Insect and bird, and flower and tree,
From the low trodden dust, and makes
Their daily gladness, pass from me--
"Life" by William Cullen Bryant
Strange trees and fruits above him hung,
Strange odors filled the sultry air,
Strange birds upon the branches swung,
Strange insect voices murmured there.
"The Star Of Bethlehem" by John Greenleaf Whittier
An infant wailing in nameless fear;
A shadow, perchance, in the quiet room,
Or the hum of an insect flying near,
Or the screech-owl's cry, in the outer gloom.
"Life" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
In a garden of pebbles and insects
To roam, and feel the slow heart beat
Tortoise-wise, the first bell sounding
From the warm blood, in the dark-creation morning.
"Tortoise Family Connections" by D H Lawrence

In news:

During our single digit weather a couple of weeks ago my mom commented on how it was good because it would kill some of our least favorite garden pests, she said "at least the cold temperatures will kill some of the insects".
Giant insects that ruled prehistoric skies for millions of years may have met their end due to the evolution of predatory birds, researchers say.
Gigantic insects once dominated the Earth.
Aerial threats may have curbed insect size.
The UN estimates that nearly 200 species — plant, bird, mammal, insect — go extinct every day.
Where do birds find insects in winter.
Warmer temperatures have impact on field crop insects.
Insects' mounds dot softened ground.
Ever wonder how an insect with such a tiny brain can thwart your attempts to catch it nearly every time.
All bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs.
Phenology is the science of appearances, or knowing which plants can tell you when to start weeding, planting, fighting insects or tackling any other gardening priority.
There are 26 million people in Texas and vast hordes of flying insects.
Artist Angie Pedraza's family uses dyes from plants and insects to color the straw used in intricate, dimensional mosaicos de popote.
Greenhouses always have fewer pollinating insects, even if you leave the doors open all the time, so squash plants need help.
They may be small, but they are some of the most beautiful members of the insect world.

In science:

This type of muscle differs from ”synchronous” flight muscles of some other insects for which contractions are triggered by a periodic nerve signal and are not generated in the muscle.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
As a particular case, one gets a generalization of the classical Insect Markov chain defined on the ultrametric space.
Generalized crested products of Markov chains
If the orthogonal block structure is a poset block structure, then that Markov chain can also be defined starting from a finite poset (I , ≤) and it can be interpreted as a slightly different generalization of the classical Insect Markov chain and of the associated Gelfand pairs theory.
Generalized crested products of Markov chains
So it is natural to ask if it is possible to define a Markov chain containing the first crested product as a particular case, giving rise to an Insect Markov chain for a particular choice of the parameters involved.
Generalized crested products of Markov chains
Reversible Markov chain, generalized crested product, Insect Markov chain, spectral theory, Gelfand pairs.
Generalized crested products of Markov chains